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Don Marquis Quotes and Sayings

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Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose
petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
- Don Marquis

Related topics: Poetry

I would rather start a family than finish one.
- Don Marquis

An idea isn't responsible for the people who believe in it.
- Don Marquis

Age is not a particularly interesting subject.
Anyone can get old.
All you have to do is live long enough.
- Don Marquis

 

When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work,
ask him: 'Whose?'
- Don Marquis

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.
- Don Marquis

Punctuality is one of the cardinal business virtues:
always insist on it in your subordinates.
- Don Marquis

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An optimist is a guy that has never had much experience.
- Don Marquis

Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking
that in a week or two he will feel as good as ever.
- Don Marquis

A pessimist is a person who has had to listen to too many optimists.
- Don Marquis

Pity the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
- Don Marquis

Ours is a world where people don't know what they want
and are willing to go through hell to get it.
- Don Marquis

In order to influence a child, one must be careful
not to be that child's parent or grandparent.
- Don Marquis

The art of newspaper paragraphing is to stroke a platitude
until it purrs like an epigram.
- Don Marquis

Honesty is a good thing, but it is not profitable to
its possessor unless it is kept under control.
- Don Marquis

I have often noticed that ancestors never boast of
the descendants who boast of ancestors.
I would rather start a family than finish one.
Blood will tell, but often it tells too much.
- Don Marquis

One of the most important things to remember about infant care is:
don't change diapers in midstream.
- Don Marquis

Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal
down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
- Don Marquis

Ideas pull the trigger, but instinct loads the gun.
- Don Marquis

By the time a bartender knows what drink a man will have before he orders,
there is little else about him worth knowing.
- Don Marquis

The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race.
- Don Marquis

Man cannot be uplifted; he must be seduced into virtue.
- Don Marquis

A sequel is an admission that you've been reduced to imitating yourself.
- Don Marquis

Some persons are likeable in spite of their unswerving integrity.
- Don Marquis

Did you ever notice that when a politician does get
an idea he usually gets it all wrong.
- Don Marquis

A hypocrite is a person who - but who isn't?
- Don Marquis

There is nothing so habit-forming as money.
- Don Marquis

Poetry is what Milton saw when he went blind.
- Don Marquis

Every cloud has its silver lining but it is sometimes
a little difficult to get it to the mint.
- Don Marquis

Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.
- Don Marquis

There is luxury in self-reproach.
When we blame ourselves, we feel no one else has a right to blame us.
- Don Marquis

Fate often puts all the material for happiness and
prosperity into a man's hands just to see how miserable
he can make himself with them.
- Don Marquis

An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it.
- Don Marquis

We pay for the mistakes of our ancestors,
and it seems only fair that they should leave us the money to pay with.
- Don Marquis

Of middle age the best that can be said is that a middle-aged
person has likely learned how to have a little fun
in spite of his troubles.
- Don Marquis

Successful people are the ones who think up things
for the rest of the world to keep busy at.
- Don Marquis

Prohibition makes you want to cry into your beer and
denies you the beer to cry into.
- Don Marquis

The trouble with the public is that there is too much of it;
what we need in public is less quantity and more quality.
- Don Marquis

A demagogue is a person with whom we disagree as to
which gang should mismanage the country.
- Don Marquis

In all systems of theology the devil figures as a male person.
Yes, it is women who keep the church going.
- Don Marquis

Bores bore each other too; but it never seems to teach them anything.
- Don Marquis

If you want to get rich from writing,
write the sort of thing that's read by persons who
move their lips when they're reading to themselves.
- Don Marquis

It takes all sorts of people to make the underworld.
- Don Marquis

Fishing is a delusion entirely surrounded by liars in old clothes.
- Don Marquis

Blood will tell, but often it tells too much.
- Don Marquis

One the other hand, the publishing trend is ghastly,
isn't it? Two hundred and something distributors are
now down to 10 or 12? And what's the recruiting drive?
- Jerry Pournelle

I continued writing the bad plays which fortunately nobody would produce,
just as no one did me the unkindness of publishing my early novels.
- Patrick White

Electronic distribution is more of a fall-back strategy
for putting out a book that isn't deemed profitable enough to print.
You hardly make any money publishing an electronic book.
- Rudy Rucker

I had a hard time publishing my books in the beginning of my career,
because editors were afraid what people would think of THEM,
personally, if their name was associated with me.
- Susie Bright

Sometimes writers say true things about the overall nature of publicity,
promotion, and the publishing industry;
but alas,
not always.
- Teresa Nielsen Hayden

I've never seen a worse situation than that of young
writers in the United States.
The publishing business in North America is so commercialized.
- Manuel Puig

Technology has changed the way book publishing works,
as it has changed everything else in the world of media.
- Bruce Jackson

Then l learned to play guitar and l started writing
songs and my mother formed for me a publishing business,
so we started publishing and managing artists.
- Tommy Rettig

I've been willing to go for years without publishing.
That's been my career.
- Marguerite Young

Planet Lucy Press? I incorporated myself to deal with
publishing and was calling myself Big Bang Incorporated,
which of course has to do with the Big Bang at the beginning of creation.
- Rob Walton

I wouldn't encourage new writers to start off publishing
through electronic media...
it still isn't wide enough for the readership they
would need to get a good start.
- Anne McCaffrey

But we discovered that, although I liked publishing,
the commercial side meant nothing at all to me.
- Dick Bruna

You think publishing is tough but the music world is ten times tougher.
- Jeffery Deaver

I didn't go to the right schools, didn't come from a well-known family,
nor was I even remotely connected to a powerful publishing dynasty.
- Matt Drudge

I started working and publishing in price theory by 1938.
- George Stigler

Publishing is a business.
Writing may be art, but publishing, when all is said and done,
comes down to dollars.
- Nicholas Sparks

We're also far enough from the publishing power that
we have no access to the politics of publishing,
although there are interpersonal politics,
of course.
- Katherine Dunn

Writers are the lunatic fringe of publishing.
- Judith Rossner

I got a publishing deal with BMG, they were supportive,
and some money to record demos.
- Duncan Sheik

There are three difficulties in authorship:
to write anything worth publishing,
to find honest men to publish it, and to find sensible men to read it.
- Charles Caleb Colton

If you wrote a novel in South Africa which didn't concern the central issues,
it wouldn't be worth publishing.
- Alan Paton

And I'm working with all these great people at Sony Publishing.
- Christy Romano

The money can be decent, but I really don't recommend
the work-for-hire route as an entry into publishing.
Too many things can go wrong.
- Lynn Abbey

There is a lust in man no charm can tame:
Of loudly publishing his neighbor's shame:
On eagles wings immortal scandals fly,
while virtuous actions are born and die.
- William Harvey

Nothing like being visible, publishing one's work,
and speaking openly about one's life,
to disabuse the world of the illusion of one's perfection and purity.
- Joyce Maynard

The formation of the News America Publishing Group
will lead to greater editorial excitement,
new business opportunities and greater efficiencies and coordination.
- Peter Chernin


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